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Press Releases 2015

INTO Press Release: Cautious Welcome For Additional Monies

Friday, 16 January 2015

 

Mr Gerry Murphy, Northern Secretary of the Irish National Teachers` Organisation gave a cautious welcome to the additional monies announced today following the meeting of the Stormont Executive.

Mr Murphy said,

“INTO welcomes the announcement today of the additional monies for education in the 2015-16 year. We believe that this money was found in light of INTO’s campaign, which resulted in over 21,000 responses to the consultation on the draft Education Budget.

Mr Murphy continued,

"This additional money will help offset some of the pressures facing schools this year as they struggle with the impact of the draft Education budget. INTO must however consider the overall impact of these monies and their outworking on the school community. We still have serious concerns that even with this money there remains the unacceptable prospect of around 900 teacher redundancies. The impact on front line services will still be dramatic and parents and pupils will notice the outcome. Furthermore INTO is also concerned that the significant budget reductions for at least the next four years still remain on the table with no proposals to address the negative impact on schools and pupils."

Mr Murphy concluded,

"INTO welcome the recognition by the Executive that the level of cuts being proposed in the draft Education Budget is unsustainable and that additional monies are necessary. Whilst we welcome these additional monies it doesn’t begin to address the real cost of education. The education of our children is too important to be funded in such a haphazard manner. Parents, pupils, teachers and the wider school community require and demand certainty.

Therefore, INTO is today calling on the Minister for Education to establish a taskforce, involving INTO and other stakeholders, to develop a long term strategy and to set out a strategic vision for the education which will focus on the value and secure the funding for education for at least the next 10years. We urge the Minister grasp this nettle before it is too late.”

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